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REPUBLIC OF KENYA

SPEECH BY DR. CHRIS KIPTOO, PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, STATE


DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND CO-
OPERATIVES DURING THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF INFORMATIONN
FOR TRADE IN KENYA PORTAL AT CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, NAIROBI
ON NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Good morning!

I am delighted to join my colleague Dr. Kamau Thugge from the National Treasury in
officiating the launch of the Information for Trade in Kenya that has been implemented by
KenTrade. On the same note I also take this opportunity to congratulate KenTrade for
the hard work to ensure that implementation of the portal is launched today

Equally, I acknowledge the work of the development partners especially the TradeMark
East Africa (TMEA) and United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development (UNCTAD) for the support in realizing implementation of the portal. I have
participated in several of KenTrades trade facilitation functions and am always delighted
with the level of commitment in their initiatives in implementing activities that improves
our countrys business environment.

As most of you are aware, the State Department of Trade recently launched a portal (
Kenya E Trade) and the question that I am sure you may want me to address is the
difference between what KenTrade is rolling out today with what we did a few weeks ago
as a State Department of Trade. We as a State Department of Trade are clear in our
mind that the two initiatives are different but will be complementary and not adversarial
in any respect.

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Kenya E - Trade Portal is basically aimed at providing traders or potential traders with
the necessary rules and procedures on imports and exports. On the other hand
KenTrades Information for Trade in Kenya portal is intended to address the challenges
of inaccurate and unclear information on international trade procedures and regulations
that has led to the unpredictability of import and export procedures and unwarranted
penalties as a result of errors in documentation.

The Information for Trade in Kenya is designed to further guide traders through a step
by step process on all the requirements to import/export and links the regulators and
permit approvers with the trader online. Importantly, the integration between the Kenya
Trade Portal and Information for Trade in Kenya has been finalized.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Kenya is a signatory to international instruments on global trade known as the Trade


Facilitation Agreement (TFA) which is already in operation obligating Kenya as a trading
economy to eliminate trade barriers and promote e-trade. As a government we are
unrelenting in our commitment to the TFA and more so when trade is one of the key
pillars of our policy agenda. This necessitated the formation of the National Trade
Facilitation Committee (NTFC), which was gazetted on September 16, 2016 and chaired
by myself.

NTFC is a key platform for institutional coordination and stakeholders' consultation with
balance from private and public sector participation and one of its objective is to enable
the planning and implementation of successful trade facilitation (TF) reforms. The launch
of the Information for Trade in Kenya is therefore a key milestone of NTFC given the
expectations of the portal as has been ably articulated by the previous speakers.

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In conclusion, I wish to reiterate that as Government, we must enhance work with the
private sector. The sector as the recipients and beneficiaries of most of the trade
initiatives by government are best placed to advise on impact and improvements
necessary. The state department has ensured that dialogue with the private sector on
trade reforms is anchored within policy.

Finally we as the State Department of Trade, will continue to provide the necessary
support to KenTrade in areas of trade facilitation. I am confident that the objectives of
this portal will enable Kenya to leverage on what we already launched in order to enhance
competitiveness in the regional and global markets and the growth of intra African trade.

Thank you all.

Dr. Chris Kiptoo, EBS


Principal Secretary, State Department of Trade
Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives